chickens in westchester county ny, (yonkers)

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by luciarx1, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. luciarx1

    luciarx1 New Egg

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    hi there! i am new to this and am wondering if anyone knows if raising chickens in yonkers,ny is allowed. is a certain lot size needed? i have been unsuccessful in finding this information online and no-one at the county level is calling me back. we want to raise them just for eggs! thanks so much.
     
  2. Cat Water

    Cat Water That Person

    Jul 4, 2010
    Mid Coast Maine
    Your town is called Yonkers? That is so cool! I personally don't know about the laws in Yonkers, but if you can't find anything, even after intense studying, then there must not be a law in Yonkers about chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Quote:At this website: http://www.yonkersny.gov/Index.aspx?page=26#1517 you can find this question:

    Q: What codes does the City of Yonkers use? And the answer found there states:

    A: The City of Yonkers enforces the Yonkers Zoning Ordinance (which took effect on December 9, 2000), the Municipal Codes of the City of Yonkers (with regards to Building, Housing, Plumbing & Fire), and the Codes of New York State [2007 edition] (which took effect January 1, 2008). It is worth noting that the codes that are enforced by the Department are minimum standards, which have been adopted to protect you and your interests.

    I'll try and dig deeper and see if I can find anything about keeping poultry.
     
  4. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Quote:At this website: http://www.yonkersny.gov/Index.aspx?page=26#1517 you can find this question:

    Q: What codes does the City of Yonkers use? And the answer found there states:

    A: The City of Yonkers enforces the Yonkers Zoning Ordinance (which took effect on December 9, 2000), the Municipal Codes of the City of Yonkers (with regards to Building, Housing, Plumbing & Fire), and the Codes of New York State [2007 edition] (which took effect January 1, 2008). It is worth noting that the codes that are enforced by the Department are minimum standards, which have been adopted to protect you and your interests.

    I'll try and dig deeper and see if I can find anything about keeping poultry.

    OKAY: I DUG DEEPER, and found THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS, NY at http://gcp.esub.net/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=57603&infobase=yo0144.nfo&softpage=Browse_Frame_Pg42

    Under the section called: PART VII, NUISANCES, PUBLIC WELFARE AND CRIMINAL, there is Chapter 65, ANIMALS AND DOGS. It talks mainly about dogs, but in subsection23 it says:

    § 65-23. Keeping of poultry or other birds. [Added 7-3-1990 by L.L. No. 6-1990]

    No person shall keep, cause or allow to be kept on, in or about any premises or property any poultry, fowl or other birds, except as hereinafter provided:

    A.It shall be lawful to keep for purposes of sale live poultry in a live poultry market.

    B.It shall be lawful to keep for purposes of sale at mercantile establishments lovebirds, canaries, parakeets and other birds of similar variety where the keeping of such does not constitute a health nuisance.

    C.It shall be lawful to keep lovebirds, canaries, parakeets and other birds of similar variety as domestic pets where the keeping of such does not constitute a health nuisance.

    THERE IS ALSO: http://gcp.esub.net/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=57603&advquery=fowl&infobase=yo0144.nfo&rank=&record={3BA9}&softpage=Browse_Frame_Pg42&zz=

    which
    lists prohibited activities and that list includes the raising or livestock or fowl :

    CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS, NEW YORK (updated 10-20-2009, Supplement No. 14)
    PART V, LAND USE
    Chapter 43, ZONING
    ARTICLE V, Use and Dimensional Regulations
    § 43-28. Prohibited uses.

    When I did a search for "coop", I got the code relating to pigeon coops: http://gcp.esub.net/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=57603&advquery=coop&infobase=yo0144.nfo&rank=&record={69B9}&softpage=Browse_Frame_Pg42&zz=

    There
    are also codes listed for obtaining a special use permit application.

    I'm just reporting what I found; I'm not drawing any conclusions. That's for you to do.
     
  5. luciarx1

    luciarx1 New Egg

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    [​IMG] this really stinks for us.
    it seems there are no exceptions and that it is prohibited here. thanks so much for digging so deep for me.
    my husband is going to be soooooooooo upset!
     

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